Write Poorly

by Edmund Davis-Quinn

 

Write poorly
Suck
Write awful
Terribly
Frightfully

 

Don’t care
Turn off the inner editor
Let yourself write
Let it flow
Let yourself fail

 

Do something crazy
Write fifty thousand words in the month of November
I did it.
It was fun, it was insane it was one thousand six hundred and sixty seven words a day.
It was possible.

 

But, you have to turn off your inner critic.

 

Off completely.


Just write.
Quickly.
In Bursts.

 

With joy.
If you can’t write, run away for a few.
Come back.
Write again.

 

Writing is like anything else.
You won’t get good at it immediately.
It’s a craft you have to keep getting better.
You don’t get to Julliard, unless you practice.
If you want to get to Carnagie Hall, practice, practice, practice.
...or give them a lot of money.

 

Like anything else it takes 10,000 hours to get to mastery.
Just like Malcolm Gladwell says.


So write.
Fail.
Get your thoughts down.
Let it
rest.
Let it marinate.
Then edit.

 

But don’t edit as you type,
that just slows the brain down.
Find a daily practice,
for me it’s blogging every day.
And it’s fun.

 

The more you write, the easier it gets. The more it is a flow, the less a worry. It’s not for school, it’s not for a grade, it’s just to get your thoughts there.

 

You know they want to come out.

 

So keep at it. Make it a practice. And write poorly, write awfully, write with abandon and it may end up being

 

really

really

good.

 

Ariana Watts

Silver Feather Studios, Burlington, NC, 27217, United States